Earlier this month, we announced all of our 2015 College Scholarship recipients. This week, we are happy to feature one of the recipients this year, Mallory Turner.
2015 Scholarship Recipient Mallory and Her Story
Mallory, a 22-year old student attending graduate school in Accounting, is an amazing person who proves a great dedication to her goals and achieving academic excellence.
When she was only 16, a car accident left her quadriplegic. “To an independent, athletic, and outgoing 16-year-old girl, it seemed like the end of the world,” Mallory said, recalling the aftermath of the accident when she was told she would be in a wheelchair the rest of her life.
Despite the odds, she was determined to not let this new condition and way of life derail her dreams. Mallory wrote in her essay: “I wanted an even playing field; that way when I do succeed, it is on my own merit and not because I received preferential treatment.”
Mallory’s Goals in College
With a little ingenuity, she has learned to type using only her pinkies and utilizes various ways to make tools such as pens or makeup brushes easier to handle. She graduated at the top of her class in high school, maintaining a 4.03 GPA.
Today, Mallory is pursuing a Master’s degree in Business Administration. She is on the HSU Honor Roll. In addition, she is an active member of Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, Phi Beta Lambda Collegiate FBLA, and Psi Chi International Honor Society. Also, she loves assisting her church as a bookkeeper and co-ed softball coach.
Mallory’s commitment to her goals and her independence is really incredible. We’re happy to be able to contribute to her future.